Valerie Brown is the chief executive officer of Cetera Financial Group and its three independently managed broker-dealer firms. Working closely with the Cetera executive team, Valerie leads the strategy execution for company-wide initiatives that enhance value to all customers, employees, shareholders and business partners.Prior to her current duties with Cetera, Valerie was chief executive officer of ING Advisors Network, a role in which she was responsible for guiding its quartet of broker-dealers. Her term was highlighted by five years of record revenue and earnings. Previous positions included service as president of ING U.S. Retail Annuities and key international appointments within the ING organization, among them, serving as chief of staff for ING Groups Executive Committees, Americas and Asia\/Pacific.Valerie is passionate about the increasingly vital roles that sound financial advice and product solutions play in our society, and she is an advocate for financial professionals through her involvement in a number of industry committees. In late 2009, Valerie was appointed to the Financial Services Institute (FSI) Board of Directors. She is the retired chair and an active member of the Independent Firms Committee for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). She is also a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Membership Committee. She has served as a member of the FINRA Variable Insurance Products Committee, the FINRA District 7 Committee, and the FA Value Proposition Subcommittee of the NAVA Member Services Committee.Valerie has a bachelors degree with high scholarship in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a masters degree in business administration from Stanford Business School. She is a registered Series 7, Series 24 and Series 66.
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